Marvin C. Ott

Marvin C. Ott, PhD

Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Scholar
Southeast Asia Studies

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Background and Education

MARVIN C. OTT is professorial lecturer and visiting scholar in Southeast Asia Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, lecturer in East Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was professor of national security policy at the National War College and faculty fellow at the Institute for National and Strategic Studies (National Defense University). He has held positions as associate professor at Mount Holyoke College, senior manager at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, adjunct professor at American University, senior East Asia analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, consultant on Japan to the National Academy of Sciences, chairperson for Southeast Asia at the Foreign Service Institute (US Department of State), senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and more recently as deputy staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served in Vietnam as deputy province representative in Darlac during the war. He has authored more than 100 chapters, articles, and monographs on primarily East Asian, intelligence, and technology assessment topics. He has been a regular commentator on Business Asia (CNN), and, most recently, a commentator on National Public Radio and Radio Free Asia. He writes a biweekly foreign policy column for The Ellsworth American (Maine) and regularly lectures at the Foreign Service Institute and the Marine Corps University. He received the Meritorious Civilian Service and Meritorious Joint Unit Service awards from the US Department of Defense. He attended Chung Chi College, Hong Kong, and received an MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

2015-03-27 00:00:00 
Spring 2017 
This is a new c...

This is a new course designed to study Asia from a different perspective. Typically, scholars look at the internal and external dynamics of Asian politics, economy and security from land, with the state as the center of inquiry. This course, developed with the advice and assistance of RADM (Ret.) Michael McDevitt, Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, examines Asia from the vantage point of the surrounding seas. The role of the state is important, but maritime geography is the center of inquiry in this course. The rapid growth of seaborne international trade, discovery of undersea mineral resources and increasing value of depleted fish stocks, and emergence of territorial disputes involving maritime spaces has raised the strategic importance of the world’s oceans and seas. More than half the world’s maritime area is located in Asia.

The course will:

  • Provide an introduction to “maritime geography”
  • Describe and compare the political, economic and security interests of the stakeholders in the major maritime areas of Asia: Sea of Japan, East China and Yellow Seas, South China Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea
  • Apprise the policies of each stakeholder, including the U.S., in protecting and enhancing interests in Asia maritime areas
  • Examine the key issues involved with each of the five potential Asia maritime flashpoints that could lead to armed conflict
  • Conclude with an in-class exercise and discussion of the Trump administration’s prospective plans and policy in Maritime Asia

The Maritime Asia course is taught by Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, US Navy (ret), William M. Wise, MA, and Dr. Marvin C. Ott, PhD.

01-30-2017 to 05-06-2017 | W 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM